Pan-African Community Action (PACA) is a grassroots group of African/Black people organizing for community based power in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) metropolitan area. We undertake to build community led power through participatory programs of action and political education drives that avow and advance: our “Human Right to Informed Consent and Self-Determination” (Pursuant to UDHR’s Article 15, ICCPR’s Article 1, and ICESCR’s Article 1), collective community control over local economies, community control over the police, and a movement led by the most impacted of our communities.
PACA is explicitly anti-capitalist. We stand against all forms of race, class, gender and sexual orientation based oppression. We stand for full community access to resources to realize a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of individuals and families, including: food, clothing, housing, medical care, and necessary social services.
We also believe all people have the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond one’s control.
PACA assumes the historic mission of Malcolm X in seeking to take the cause of African/Black people within the U.S. to the United Nations, elevated from an issue of civil rights to the level of human rights on the world stage.
HISTORY & BACKGROUND
PACA emerged in November of 2015 in direct response to the apparent cover up by DCMPD of the killing of 27 year old Alonzo Smith in the midst of heightened struggle around the killings of 25 year old Freddy Gray in Baltimore, 28 year old Sandra Bland in Waller County, Texas, 17 year old Laquan McDonald in Chicago, 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and others.
PACA was initiated by a core group of 5 people from throughout the DMV area who accepted the thinking that led Malcolm X to form the OAAU, in accordance with his 1964 statement, “…today you’ll find in the United Nations, and it’s not an accident, that every time the Congo question or anything on the African continent is being debated, they couple it with what is going on, or what is happening to you and me, in Mississippi and Alabama and these other places. In my opinion, the greatest accomplishment that was made in the struggle of the Black (people) in America in 1964 toward some kind of real progress was the successful linking together of our problem with the African problem, or making our problem a world problem.” (Malcolm X Speaks, pp. 137-146.)